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Andy creeps up on Melinda one day when she's in the art room after school. He then vows to give her what she wants, and attempts to rape her a second time. This is a major turning point for her, as one of the issues factoring into her silence and self-blame was that she was in shock, and couldn't say no. Realizing only one other person could've told Rachel, Andy attacks Melinda in the abandoned janitor's closet, Melinda's "sanctuary". Freeman , observes Melinda's depressed behavior. During the party, Andy rapes Melinda. As Melinda's depression deepens, she begins to skip school, withdrawing from her already distant parents and other authority figures, who see her silence as means of getting "attention". A girl hears it's the police and freaks out. The police come and break up the party, and some people are arrested. Melinda bites right through her lip as she remembers the party. She is worried about Andy Evans' intentions for her former best friend, Rachel, and finally tells Rachel what happened to her. Over the summer, she and her friends went to a party and Melinda ended up calling the police, causing her friends and everyone at the party to socially reject her. However, over many months of painful silence and self-harm in the form of lip- and nail-biting, Melinda finally admits to herself that Andy Evans raped her at the party last summer. Heather convinces Melinda to help her.

Melinda's only friend is Heather, a new student, who tries to get Melinda involved in her schemes to gain popularity. In the bedroom, Melinda hides her mirror; she loathes her appearance, especially her raw, bitten lips.

Maybe, it's from David Petrakis.

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Freeman tells his students that they will each spend the year on a single subject; Melinda gets a tree. He flirts with the Marthas at lunch, and Melinda is sitting near them. The school assembly is worse. After missing her school bus one day, she walks toward school only to see Andy, who once again targets her. Freeman, the art teacher, says that they are in "the only class that will teach [them] how to survive" 4. She goes to biology class in suspense. She begins to see herself as a seed breaking through the dirt to grow toward the sun. One day, Melinda encounters Rachel in the bathroom and tries to talk to her. Realizing the truth, the students no longer treat Melinda as an outcast but as a sort of hero instead.

When those attended the party find out that it was Melinda who called the police, even her closest friends refuse to speak to her and Melinda begins her freshman year as an outcast, friendless except for a new student, Heather, who Melinda refers to throughout the first part of the novel as 'Heather from Ohio'.

Melinda places a poster of Angelou in her closet.

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The development of her tree artwork mirrors her gradual regrowth. Neck's classes are videotaped. In social studies, she turns in an extra-credit report on the suffragettes and becomes excited about the topic, until Mr. He tries to rape her again. If you are the publisher or author of this book and feel that the reviews shown do not properly reflect the range of media opinion now available, please send us a message with the mainstream media reviews that you would like to see added. A small smear of blood from her lip Drawings of birds in flight Dried oak leaves from her yard Tissue-paper flowers. Sometime after, Heather talks Melinda into going to a pep rally. I think she should have stretched out the end and made it more surprising for the reader. This motivates Melinda to take a more direct approach. Melinda is befriended by Heather, a girl who is new to the community. She remains frozen and then runs away from him, after which she decides to cut school, spending the day in the warm, sunny mall. Second Marking Period When Mom and Dad see Melinda's report card, they demand that she stay after school for tutoring. While cleaning it out, however, Andy enters and locks her in the room with him.

She understands she can't hide. The picture is done, and the last bell rings.

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Neck tells her that she must read it aloud in front of the class. So, if you're up for a funny and meaningful book about the difficult times of being a teenager, pick up Speak. Freeman, who asks his students to focus on one randomly chosen topic and make it "say something" by the end of the year. They fight when Melinda leaves the table. In the school hallways, she occasionally sees IT, a name she has given to senior Andy Evans, and she slowly begins to face what he did to her. Lunch is bad. Dad tries to make turkey soup, but they end up ordering pizza. End of flashback. Neck's classes are videotaped. In her confusion afterward, Melinda dials and the police arrive at the party, but Melinda finds herself unable to tell anyone what happened. The reason is because the chapters get a little boring after a while.

Melinda leaves on foot before the cops come. Apparently, Rachel never gets this memo, because Melinda soon hears that Rachel and Andy are going to prom together. What are you waiting for? Her lips are bitten — she can't help biting them — and her mouth doesn't seem like her mouth any more.

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Speak (Anderson novel)